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Carmelle Azzopardi 1900 - Reproduction Sampler Pattern by Hands Across the Sea Samplers

Carmelle Azzopardi 1900 - Reproduction Sampler Pattern by Hands Across the Sea Samplers

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Nicola has generously made this gorgeous sampler available for download now via our store.  The PDF will be emailed to you within 24 hours or you can choose a printed booklet to be mailed.

Azzopardi is a rare surname and most probably originated in the Lombardy region of Italy. It is also associated with Malta, Greece, and France.

It is possible that Carmelle was French. She records in French on the sampler “fait par Carmelle Azzopardi le 6 Juillet 1900” (made by Carmelle Azzopardi July 6, 1900). The sampler was acquired in the United States and a search of family history records notes that many Azzopardis emigrating to the United States came from Malta. Furthermore, seventeen per cent of the population of Malta speak French, so this could be a Maltese sampler. We wish we could ask Carmelle !

Thread Legend

Carmelle worked her sampler with a single colour, a beautiful shade of red. The model was stitched with Soie 100.3 from Au Ver à Soie, and we have included below conversions for Soie d’Alger (SDA) and DMC.

Soie 100.3  1 strand  56ct ~  664 x 2

Soie 100.3 1 strand 40–46ct ~ 664 x 3

SDA 1 strand 40–46ct ~ 2924 x 4

SDA 1 strand 36ct ~ 2924 x 5

SDA 2 strands 32ct ~ 2924 x 9

SDA 2 strands 28ct ~ 2924 x 10

DMC 1 strand 40–46ct ~ 304 x 3

DMC 2 strands  36ct ~ 304 x 6

DMC 2 strands 32ct ~ 304 x 7

DMC 2 strands 28ct ~ 304 x 8

Linen Sizes

The sampler can be worked on Aida or linen. The model was stitched using a Zweigart-based linen that was overdyed to the shade Cockleshell by Tabbycat Linen. The original sampler was stitched on Penelope canvas that was approximately 30ct.

The design area is 311 stitches (w) x 262 stitches (h). Our calculations have included a 3″ margin for finishing and framing.

28ct: Design: 22.21″ x 18.71″ Fabric: 28.21″ x 24.71″

32ct: Design: 19.44″ x 16.38″ Fabric: 25.44″ x 22.38″

36ct: Design: 17.28″ x 14.56″ Fabric: 23.28″ x 20.56″

40ct: Design: 15.55″ x 13.10″ Fabric: 21.55″ x 19.10″

46ct: Design: 13.52″ x 11.39″ Fabric: 19.52″ x 17.39″

56ct: Design: 11.11″ x 9.36″ Fabric: 17.11″ x 15.36″

For the PDF - Once purchased you will receive an email within 24 hours (unless ordered over the weekend, in which case please allow an extra 24 hours) with the download attached and you can print it out yourself at home.  Please ensure your email is correct and you may need to check your junk/spam folder.

We stock the Au Ver a Soie 100.3 & D'alger silks.  If you'd like to kit the design please contact me on and we can discuss your preferences.  

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